April 28, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming basketball team added a critical piece to its recruiting class on Thursday, as junior college point guard Derrious Gilmore signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cowboys and head coach Larry Shyatt.
"We are very pleased to have Derrious travel across the country from his home in Baltimore to join the Wyoming basketball family," Shyatt said. "Derrious came highly recommended from our good friends at the University of West Virginia. He has most recently played for coach Don Skelton, who I have known for a long time and have a great deal of respect for. In fact, Don coached Jamar McKnight who was an All-ACC player for us at Clemson.
"Derrious has a tough edge about him on both ends of the floor. He is capable of playing either guard position, as he can shoot the ball at a high percentage and compliments that with his tremendous ball handling."
Gilmore, who is 5'9" and weighs 165 pounds, comes to Wyoming from Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss.
Following this past season, Gilmore was named Second Team All-MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges). He averaged 12.3 points, 6.2 assists and 1.8 steals a game. He ranked No. 26 in the nation in assists among all division I junior college players. He was also a threat to score from three-point range, as he knocked down 44.7 percent (46-of-103) of his threes. The Jones Bobcats finished 15-10 in 2010-11 and earned a berth in the Region 23 Tournament. His coach at Jones was Don Skelton.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Gilmore attended Lake Clifton High School. Following high school, he spent his freshman season at Pensacola Junior College in Florida, but transferred to Jones County after a coaching change at Pensacola.
Gilmore will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be a junior for the Cowboys next season.